Profiling Coordination Training (PCT)

The Profiling Coordination Training (PCT) is a practical, hands-on course held over six days. Set in the fictional country of Freedonia, it takes participants through the profiling process from start to finish, and focuses on the role of the profiling coordinator. It has been run successfully since 2012.

Participants tend to be government officials and members of humanitarian and development organisations who are looking to build on their operational, technical and coordination competencies.

What does the course include?

PCT’s content is built around our experience of profiling in protracted displacement situations and is based on our competency framework for profiling coordination.

Participants are equipped with a range of skills, including:

  • Identifying when profiling is the most appropriate approach
  • Understanding who the key players are
  • Establishing a collaborative platform
  • Developing an effective methodology
  • Creating questionnaires, analysis plans and advocacy strategies
  • Organising the collection, processing and analysis of data
  • Developing collaborative recommendations
  • Disseminating results

PCT’s practical emphasis gives participants the sense that they have actually undertaken a profiling exercise, improving their technical knowledge and their confidence to carry out a real project in the future.

Training materials and country scenario

The PCT is built around the fictional country scenario of Freedonia. Revised in autumn 2018, it reflects our displacement profiling experience over the last years, and hence ensures that participants’ experience is close to the situations and challenges they might come across in real life. The scenario outlines two complex protracted crises:

  • A longstanding civil war that led to the displacement of thousands of people in Freedonia.
  • Cyclical natural disasters that lead to periodical displacement in the country.

The country scenario comes with three datasets from profiling exercises in different parts of the country: an urban and a rural one, as well as one dataset covering hard-to-reach areas. Participants thus acquire expertise in profiling of distinct displacement settings and also learn to use a mixed approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods.

The PCT content and practical exercises have inspired and been integrated into many of our partners’ training courses. If you wish to get a sneak peek into the new Freedonia or use it for your own trainings, get in touch!

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